Kiama Downs hits water for seventh IRB premiership this weekend

The count-down is on to the final round of the 2019 IRB premiership, and Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Club is in pole position.

The club is number one on the ladder, with a total of 30 points from three events. The fourth even, this weekend, June 15-16, will decide their fate.

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Sitting in second are long-time rivals Caves Beach Surf Life Saving Club, on 27 points.

Kiama Downs SLSC has taken out six premierships since 2007/08, and after a solid rivalry with hosts Caves Beach SLSC, they are keen to continue their victorious run.

Both Kiama Downs and Caves Beach clubs agree success comes down to the legacy of their most skilled and progressive members.

Kiama Downs' Steve Strong says about half their current team consist of the original team who helped win the first premiership back in 2008.

"We've got the experience and we're building in new crews each year," he said.

The premiership leaders are fielding a full team of 20 competitors this weekend but admit they're still not the biggest of the competing clubs.

"We've got almost every division covered with entries in 19 of the 21 events except the Rookies," Strong said.

"We've been consistent all series, but we need to have everything right to take out our seventh premiership.

"Our rivalry with Caves over the years has been great and it keeps us on our toes, but there are a lot of good clubs knocking," said Strong.

As is done in some other clubs, Kiama Downs have combined forces with Hunter club Catherine Hill Bay to field their strongest team.